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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why Green Lightning Energy?
    Green Lightning Energy was founded by Jason Plant and Kadin Burns when both of their mothers received excessively expensive estimates from large name-brand solar providers. Our parents wanted the financial advantages and the positive environmental impact that solar energy held, but artificially high prices prevented them from accessing that value. We believed that we could get them a better deal by offering the same high quality solutions, at reasonable prices. We were right, and now, we offer that same value to every homeowner we serve. Ever since our founding, Green Lightning Energy has been on a mission to make clean energy affordable for the everyday homeowner. We do not artificially inflate our prices so despite using the same high quality systems as the largest solar brands, our prices always come in $5,000 to $20,000 lower. If a competitor does present a lower price than us (which has not happened yet!), we are happy to match the price of a competitor for equivalent systems. On average, we save homeowners 10% to 50% per residential project; our current record in residential savings is $30,000. We offer free estimates, speedy and responsive service, and the most cutting-edge solar technologies in the industry. You can trust us to give you the best solar systems, and for the best price.
  • How do I know if my property is suitable for solar?
    Several factors contribute to a property’s suitability for solar. The shading of the property by trees or other objects plays a crucial role in which areas will produce ample solar energy to power your home. For roof-mount solar systems in the Northern Hemisphere, a South-facing roof provides ideal exposure. It is rare that we find a home that is not suitable for solar with few to no modifications (such as cutting down trees) made to the property, but if your home is not suitable for solar, we will tell you. The best way to find out about your home’s suitability for solar is to get a free estimate from a qualified solar provider.
  • Do you offer a warranty?
    Yes. Our choice suppliers offer a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty on all solar panels and optimizers. These warranties are included in your installation and for your convenience, we manage the warranty registration process with the manufacturer.
  • How long does a typical solar system last?
    A solar system will typically last for 25 to 30 years. Our choice suppliers offer a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty on all solar panels and optimizers.
  • How long does it take to pay off a system?
    While the payback period on a solar system depends on the home’s exposure, system wattage, and the utilization of incentives, the national average is 8 to 10 years. As of November 2023, the federal government offers a 30% tax credit for residential solar installations and the State of New Hampshire has a maximum $1,000 rebate. At Green Lightning Energy, we are passionate about lowering the cost of solar energy for homeowners and because of our affordable pricing model, our customers see accelerated payback periods when compared to installations provided by other solar companies.
  • Can I sell my excess energy back to my utility provider?
    Yes. If you have a grid-tied solar system, most utilities will pay you for excess energy produced. Most utilities will compensate you in the form of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that can only be redeemed for free energy from that utility. Some utilities, such as the NH Electric Co-op, will send an annual check for the wholesale dollar value of your excess energy produced that year. Some of our customers have even installed significantly more panels than they needed to power their homes in order to take advantage of such cash compensation incentives, making thousands of dollars annually by doing so. Please directly reference your utility’s policies when making a decision about installing solar in your home, as their policies on this subject are frequently updated.
  • Will roof-mounted solar damage my roof?
    If your solar system is installed by a qualified installer, it will not damage the roof. In fact, roof-mounted solar arrays often extend the lifespan of your roof by shading it and sheltering the roof from exposure to the elements. It is, however, important that your roof is in good condition when the solar is installed to avoid having to redo the system as a result of needing a new roof installed underneath it.
  • What maintenance is required for solar systems once installed?
    In a normal case, no maintenance should be required for a solar installation. During the winter months, even if solar panels are covered by snow, they will still quickly absorb sunlight and heat up in the morning hours, causing the snow to slide off the panels.
  • Do you provide financing?
    Yes! Once you have received your free estimate, we will send you the instructions to apply for a loan from our financing partner. We are partnered with VSECU, an excellent New England-based credit union.
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